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NBA, Heat 2011-12 Schedule Announced, For What It's Worth

The NBA and the Miami HEAT optimistically released their schedule for the 2011-12 regular season...in the middle of a contentious lockout between the owners and the players that threatens to cancel or delay the season, which would throw this carefully planned schedule right out the window.

MHIf games are cancelled then we could see a shortened schedule like what happened during the lockout of 1998-99, which featured back-to-back-to-backs during a 50-game regular season which ended up starting in February of 1999. Any re-shuffling of dates this time around would necessitate a completely re-worked schedule then the one released today. Simply pushing back the dates and having a full 82-game season and postseason (if and when a CBA is agreed upon by both parties) doesn't appear to be an option either as all of these arenas already have dates reserved for other entertainment programs such as music concerts or traveling circuses.

If you're feeling good about how current negotiations are moving along for a new labor agreement then feel free to study the new schedule to your liking, but don't get too upset should it disappear into thin air. In other words, don't bother making firm plans with a friend or a date for any these games.

Here's the official press release from the HEAT:

MIAMI , FL The Miami HEAT announced its 2011-12 regular season schedule today. The 82-game schedule consists of 41 home dates, all at AmericanAirlines Arena, and 41 road contests, and runs from November 2, 2011 through April 18, 2012 . The HEAT will make 28 national television appearances, with Miami appearing 10 times on ESPN, nine times on TNT , six times on ABC and three times on NBA TV. Sun Sports, which is slated to air 70 HEAT game broa dc asts locally, all in high definition, will release its local broadcast schedule at a later date.

Miami kicks off its 24th season when it travels to New York to face the Knicks at 8PM on Wednesday, November 2. This marks the eighth time in franchise history that the team will open the season on the road, and the fourth time it will face the Knicks on opening night. Miami plays its first home contest on Thursday, November 3 at 8PM against the Orlando Magic.

The schedule features several exciting match-ups, including a visit by the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks on March 29 at 8PM. The Boston Celtics make their only visit Miami on November 16 (8PM), while the New York Knicks visit Miami on January 27 (8PM) and February 23 (8PM). The Chicago Bulls will visit Miami on January 19 (8PM) and January 29 (3:30PM), while the Los Angeles Lakers will visit Miami on December 8 (8PM). Miami will travel to Dallas to play the Mavericks in a Christmas Day matchup at 1:30PM (local time), marking the eighth time overall that Miami has played on Christmas Day, and the seventh time in the last eight years.

The HEAT’s longest homestand will be three four-game stretches from November 20-27, December 17-23 and January 17-23.Miami’s longest road trips are two five-game excursions from January 6-13 and February 8-17. Additionally, the HEAT will play 17 back-to-backs.

Miami will have nine home games in November, and eight in the months of December and January. The months in which Miamiplays the highest number of games are December and March, when the HEAT hits the hardwood 16 times. The month the HEAT is on the road the most is March, with 10 games away from AmericanAirlines Arena.

Although the Miami HEAT has sold out of its existing season ticket inventory for the 2011-12 season, HEAT fans can purchase a HEAT Priority Access Club membership – an annual, fee-based membership which guarantees priority on the Season Ticket Waiting List as well as presale opportunities for the All You Can HEAT Partial Ticket Plan, individual game tickets and other benefits. Only one HEAT Priority Access Club membership may be purchased per person, per household to give as many HEAT fans as possible the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of live HEAT basketball. Inventory is subject to availability. For more information, including all terms and conditions of membership, please visit HEAT.com.



Upcoming Games
November Opponent Time Nat TV
 Wed 02  @ New York    8:00pm ESPN
 Thu 03  vs Orlando    8:00pm TNT
 Sun 06  vs Washington    6:00pm
 Tue 08  vs Utah    7:30pm
 Wed 09  @ New Orleans    8:00pm
 Fri 11  vs New Jersey    7:30pm
 Wed 16  vs Boston    8:00pm ESPN
 Fri 18  @ Cleveland    8:00pm ESPN
 Sun 20  vs Philadelphia    6:00pm
 Tue 22  vs Atlanta    7:30pm
 Fri 25  vs Toronto    7:30pm
 Sun 27  vs Memphis    6:00pm
 Tue 29  @ Orlando    7:00pm
December Opponent Time Nat TV
 Thu 01  @ Boston    8:00pm TNT
 Fri 02  @ Toronto    7:00pm
 Sun 04  @ Detroit    6:00pm
 Thu 08  vs LA Lakers    8:00pm TNT
 Fri 09  @ Atlanta    7:30pm
 Mon 12  vs Houston    7:30pm
 Wed 14  vs Indiana    7:30pm
 Fri 16  @ Washington    7:00pm
 Sat 17  vs Sacramento    7:30pm
 Mon 19  vs Golden State    7:30pm
 Wed 21  vs Charlotte    7:30pm
 Fri 23  vs Oklahoma City    8:00pm ESPN
 Sun 25  @ Dallas    2:30pm ABC
 Tue 27  vs Washington    7:30pm
 Wed 28  @ Charlotte    7:00pm
 Fri 30  @ Memphis    8:00pm
January Opponent Time Nat TV
 Mon 02  vs New Orleans    7:30pm
 Wed 04  vs Detroit    7:30pm
 Fri 06  @ Sacramento    10:00pm
 Sun 08  @ Phoenix    8:00pm
 Tue 10  @ Golden State    10:30pm
 Wed 11  @ LA Clippers    10:30pm ESPN
 Fri 13  @ Denver    10:30pm ESPN
 Tue 17  vs San Antonio    7:30pm
 Thu 19  vs Chicago    8:00pm TNT
 Sat 21  vs Milwaukee    7:30pm
 Mon 23  vs New Jersey    7:30pm
 Thu 26  @ Orlando    8:00pm TNT
 Fri 27  vs New York    8:00pm ESPN
 Sun 29  vs Chicago    3:30pm ABC
 Mon 30  @ Houston    8:00pm NBATV
February Opponent Time Nat TV
 Wed 01  @ San Antonio    9:30pm ESPN
 Sun 05  vs Toronto    12:00pm
 Tue 07  vs LA Clippers    7:30pm
 Wed 08  @ New Jersey    7:30pm
 Fri 10  @ Washington    7:00pm
 Mon 13  @ Philadelphia    7:00pm NBATV
 Wed 15  @ Milwaukee    8:00pm
 Fri 17  @ Cleveland    7:30pm
 Sun 19  vs Orlando    3:30pm ABC
 Tue 21  vs Charlotte    7:30pm
 Thu 23  vs New York    8:00pm TNT
March Opponent Time Nat TV
 Thu 01  @ Portland    10:30pm TNT
 Fri 02  @ Utah    9:00pm
 Sun 04  @ LA Lakers    3:30pm ABC
 Wed 07  vs Cleveland    7:30pm
 Sat 10  vs Indiana    7:30pm
 Tue 13  @ Minnesota    8:00pm
 Wed 14  @ Chicago    8:00pm ESPN
 Fri 16  @ Philadelphia    7:00pm
 Sun 18  vs Portland    6:00pm
 Tue 20  vs Phoenix    7:30pm
 Thu 22  @ Milwaukee    8:00pm
 Fri 23  @ Indiana    7:00pm
 Sun 25  @ Oklahoma City    1:00pm NBATV
 Tue 27  vs Minnesota    7:30pm
 Thu 29  vs Dallas    8:00pm TNT
 Fri 30  @ Charlotte    7:00pm
April Opponent Time Nat TV
 Sun 01  @ Boston    3:30pm ABC
 Tue 03  vs Denver    7:30pm
 Wed 04  @ Atlanta    7:30pm
 Fri 06  vs Cleveland    7:30pm
 Sun 08  vs Detroit    6:00pm
 Tue 10  vs Atlanta    7:00pm ESPN
 Thu 12  @ Chicago    8:00pm TNT
 Fri 13  @ Indiana    7:00pm
 Sun 15  @ New York    1:00pm ABC
 Mon 16  @ New Jersey    7:30pm
 Wed 18  vs Philadelphia    8:00pm